Luther: The Wrong Answer for Heresy, the Right Path to Faith

Called Unto Liberty, 16th Century Sermons, Martin Luther

Martin Luther stated: “If fire is the right cure for heresy, then the fagot-burners are the most learned doctors on earth; nor need we study any more; he that has brute force on his side may burn his adversary at the stake.”

By contrast he laid out his plan: “I will preach, speak, write the truth, but will force it on no one, for faith must be accepted willingly, and without compulsion.”

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Source: Martin Luther (1483-1546), as quoted in George Bancroft’s “History of the United States”, Vol.1, p.178.